NPM – Course structure & Lecturers

agendaShort-Course on Nuclear Project Management

Course Structure

March, 1st

9:00 Welcome and brief introduction
9:15 Project Management for Complex Undertakings – Overall View
Expert view on difficulties and challenges for organizing, planning, managing, and executing complex projects
10:30 Coffee Break
10:45 Introduction to the IAEA GS-R-3, The Management System of Facilities and Activities, with special focus to Nuclear Safety Culture
Understanding of this and associated standards in order to create the basis for top performing nuclear organizations
12:15 Lunch Break
13:45 Project Organization and Communication Channels
Types of organization, project or matrix oriented, communications with stakeholders and suppliers, internal communications
15:00 Coffee Break
15:15 Project Planning, Scheduling, Cost Control and Performance
Work break-down structure, activity logic diagram and duration, critical path analysis, cost breakdown structure, cost control, variances, earned value method for measuring performance
16:45 Wrapping Up – Opinions / Questions and Answers
17:15 Adjourn
19:00 Cruise dinner, offered by Politecnico di Milano

March, 2nd

9:00 International Project Management Approach for Nuclear Plants
Expert international view on approach for project management for nuclear plants worldwide
10:30 Coffee Break
10:45 Licensing Management
Interface with Nuclear Regulatory Body, as per IAEA NP-T-2.7 Project Management in NPP Construction
12:15 Lunch Break
13:45 Human Resources Identification and Selection, Team Motivation
Nuclear industry requirements and guidelines for developing successful and motivated project teams
15:00 Coffee Break
15:15 Contracting and Procurement Strategies
Plant turn-key contract, split-package, multi-component, as per IAEA publications (IAEA Tec Doc 1555, Technical Report 396)
16:45 Wrapping Up – Opinions / Questions and Answers
17:15 Adjourn

March, 3rd

9:00 Approach to Supply Chain for International Projects
Procurement strategy and plan, identification and selection of suppliers, international tendering, bid evaluation and awarding
10:30 Coffee Break
10:45 Quality Management during Construction Site
Quality management for nuclear projects at site, main requirements and special issues, ISO and IAEA, quality functions, quality audits
12:15 Lunch Break
13:45 Project Risk Analysis
Risk prompt list, risk register, quali-quantitative approach to risk analysis and mitigation, action plans for neutralizing risks
15:00 Coffee Break
15:15 Final Wrapping Session
Discussing main questions & answers
Highlighting key issues and areas for further development
Farewell wordings
17:00 Closing



Oscar Agostino MIGNONE

Expert in Nuclear Power Plant development, construction, and operational modernization. 40+ Years of experience covering management and technical roles in large organizations (Italian Utility Enel, Atomic Energy of Canada, Italian Company Ansaldo, Argentinean Commission of Atomic Energy), with international nuclear experience in several countries.

Italian-Argentinean, holds a master in electromechanical engineering and a post-grade in nuclear engineering, lecturer in international conferences, qualified expert for IAEA cooperation missions, contributor for international nuclear technology publication.

prof. Mauro MANCINI

Professor at the Dept. of Management, Economics and industrial Engineering, teaches Industrial Plants and Project Management and managerial topics also at MIP, the Business School of Politecnico di Milano, in different Master Programs (Master in Strategic Project Management European, Master in Business Administration, etc.). He is the dean of the Master in Nuclear Plant Construction Management and of the European Master in Strategic Project Management (jointly developed by Politecnico di Milano, Heriott Watt – UK, Umea – Sweden).

He has trained senior project managers of Engineering and Contracting companies, (Techint, Saipem, Tenova, Ansaldo Energia, Aermacchi, Agusta, ENEL, ENI, ABB, etc.). Since 2012 he is Chair of the Construction Chapter of ANIMP (Associazione Nazionale Impiantistica Italiana), an industrial Italian association that gathers all the Main Contractors and Manufacturers of the Engineering and Contracting Sector.


Over 43 years in the nuclear power field (research, engineering, project management, commissioning and licensing, operation and maintenance, radioactive waste management and decommissioning preparation), in different managerial positions (supervisor, section head, manager, director and director general).

DG and CEO of the Romanian nuclear utility (NUCLEARELECTRICA-SNN) with 1 CANDU 6 unit in operation and 1 under construction at that time. Now involved in  IAEA technical assistance activities in the area of building nuclear power infrastructure and development (INIR or EM missions in Jordan, Chile, Iran, Thailand, Egypt, Malaysia, UAE, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Poland, Turkey, and Morocco).


14 years of experience in the nuclear field covering both technical and managerial roles. Involved in engineering and construction of GENII, GENIII, GENIII+ NPPs. He was involved in design, feasibility studies, experimental investigations, expertise activities, construction management, project engineering and project management for NPPs.

4 years under EDF in Flamanville’s project as construction manager, then at Mochovce Nuclear Power Plant, under Slovenske Elektrarne, as Project Engineer (responsible of contracts for the completion of units 3 and 4 NSSSs) and since 2015 as Project Manager responsible for the engineering, procurement, erection and start-up activities of Mochovce U3&4 Auxiliaries, Safety and HVAC systems. Lorenzo has managed NPP EPC contracts for more than 700 MLN Euros value involving more than 800 workers on site.

Gustavo RUBIO

Leader of the Nuclear Safety Analysis team in Atkins (UK), a multi-disciplinary consultancy with a strong presence in the areas of nuclear new build, generation and decommissioning in several markets around the world. He has collaborated in consultancy meetings with the IAEA in the topic of Small Modular Reactors, is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Mechanical Engineers and an Industrial Fellow of the University of Bristol in the UK.

He has also participated as an invited member in a meeting of the World Nuclear Association Small Modular Reactor Task Force within the Cooperation in Reactor Design Evaluation and Licensing Working Group where proposals for the International Harmonization of the Licensing of Small Modular Reactors are being discussed.